Meet Our Teachers
Becky began her yoga journey over 7 years ago after the birth of her first child. Having an athletic background, she quickly took to the physical part of yoga, but was surprised by the mental and emotional transformation yoga provided her.
Becky completed her 200 RYT certification through the DwiPada Yoga Teacher Training Program while living in Memphis TN. Recently moving to SHREVEPORT with her husband and two kids, Becky feels honored to continue empowering others by strengthening their physical bodies and cultivating inner awareness. She believes in spreading positive vibes in every class she teaches. She encourages students to connect mindful breath to powerful movement, and set intentions that affect positive growth on and off the mat. Come to class prepared to smile and sweat!
Emily began her yoga journey in 2000 after playing college soccer. Yoga and meditation slowly began to bring healing into her life. She has traveled near and far attending numerous classes, workshops, and retreats, now incorporating those experiences into her own teaching. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Ally Ford, along with certifications in prenatal and 4 kids yoga trainings. She is currently completeing her 500 hour certification At Asheville Yoga Center in Ashville, NC.
Aimee is a life-long resident of Shreveport. She received her 200 hour certification with Ally Ford and has traveled to various workshops to further her teaching skills as well as her own practice. She completed her 500 hour at AYC in Asheville, NC after studying various styles of yoga, meditation and therapy. She has also completed trainings in Prenatal and children's yoga. Aimee enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities.
James Osborne is trying to find some answers to the complexities of our world and yoga has become a comrade on this quest. He finally has learned how to breath, move so he won't hurt himself, and discovered a community of friends who want to celebrate this connection. Every day that he practices yoga he learns something. It's humbling, exciting, motivating, and he can't wait to share this experience with you. He is approaching his fourth year of teaching and wants to infuse the energy, creativity, and patience that his teachers have shared with him.
Yoga, the Arts, and his loved ones are the transformative powers that
After a compression fracture of my spine in the mid seventies, my ballet teacher, Paul Coates, rescued my body. He told me I needed to step out of the frame the Drs had put on me and practice yoga. I did, and so began my healing. I have been teaching yoga for 8 years. In 2008, I finished my 200 RYT in Austin, Texas and began teaching. My experience comes from a deep respect of the practice of Pranayama, the breath. I also practice a Viniyoga style of yoga that takes into consideration what the student needs to move away from suffering. I also move slowly through the asana ( pose ) enabling the student "that moment" to understand what is going on physically and mentally in them. Looking inward instead of out, moving slowly and integrating the breath into every movement is my practice. I have taught over 2,700 hours, in Austin, Shreveport and Warrenton, Virginia. Held workshops on Breath work, The Bagavad Gita, and Asana. I also respect the practice of Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra. I consider myself a beginner every time I step on the mat. Most importantly as Krishna told Arjuna in the Gita,"Everyday you must do your very best to do what you are called on and then let go of the fruits of your labor and never take anothers fruits for your own." Practice non-attachment.
Paige was born in Shreveport and has lived in various parts of the country throughout her life. While her surroundings may have changed, her passion for healthy living and self-care remained constant. Paige earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 2018. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their dog and cat, and love exploring the great outdoors. Paige is looking forward to beginning her yoga career by earning her 200-hour certification, and she hopes to promote healthy living while cultivating her own positive lifestyle. Paige is eager to learn more about each style of yoga and enthusiastic about implementing lessons from each into her daily life.
Liana Hardcastle is an RYT200, with an emphasis on Hatha and Viniyoga and a 95 hour certified children's yoga instructor. She received her yoga education in Austin, TX at Yoga Yoga studying with Gary Kraftsow and his students. She was introduced to yoga at a young age and has, in the past few years, integrated the practices in her daily life as a consistent method of healing from anxiety. Her style of teaching puts a focus on the physical and mental functionality of the poses and the day to day application of yoga as a holistic practice.
Like many fitness enthusiasts, Chessi was initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits of strength, balance and flexibility. A RYT-200 Yoga Alliance instructor, Chessi teaches a dynamic vinyasa flow with the intention of creating a moving meditation. It is her aim as a yoga teacher to encourage her students to become body-aware, to establish a relationship with their breath, and to develop a compassionate and joyful attitude towards themselves and the world around them.
Jessica Hunter Rivera
Jessica was born and raised in Shreveport and took her first yoga class freshman year of college in New York City, as her “gym” requirement. She was instantly moved by it, feeling, for the first time, an integration of mind, breath, body, and spirit. Jessica has been practicing ever since and has lived in New York, New Orleans, and San Diego. She is also an artist and musician and believes in the importance of finding positive outlets of expression for the pressures of modern life. Jessica has completed her 200 hour Hatha certification at Natures Whisper in San Diego.
Erin has been regularly practicing yoga for 6 years. She spent over 20 years dancing, and easily transitioned into yoga with her love for stretching. Wanting to incorporate yoga into her daily routine in hopes of one day teaching, Erin enrolled in the Ally Ford Teacher Training at Explore Yoga in 2013. After receiving her 200 hour RYT, she now helps to spread the amazing benefits of breathing, movement, and stretching to the Ark-La-Tex community.
Harriet Stone Evans
Harriet was introduced to yoga by her ballet teacher, Paul Coates ,in 1979. She has studied many disciplines of hatha yoga- among them Ashtanga, Anusara and Kundalini. Her perception of yoga was completely changed when she began the practice of Iyengar Yoga with the late Karin O’Bannon. Karin was her teacher and mentor for six years. Harriet completed two years of Iyengar teacher training and apprenticeship with Karin and is committed to continuing the Iyengar tradition in Shreveport. She believes that Iyengar is to yoga as ballet is to dance- its firm and sound foundation.
Elizabeth has been a grateful student of yoga for over 15 years. She brings a strong focus on alignment from her study with master Iyengar teacher Karin O’Bannon, flow and breath-work from training with YogaWork’s Chrissy Carter, and a humor, openness and enthusiasm that are all her own! Elizabeth is an E-RYT 200-hour instructor with over 1,000 teaching hours.
Valerie’s yoga journey began in 2007, and she has been committed to deepening her practice ever since.
She was greatly influenced by her teacher, the late Karin O’Bannon, who was a master Iyengar teacher. Led by a strong desire to teach, Valerie completed Ally Ford’s training in 2015. In 2016, she attended Iyengar teacher training at Audubon Yoga in New Orleans and received a Prenatal Yoga certification from Swan River Yoga in New Orleans. Since then, she has attended several workshops by senior teachers, Alexandria Crow in Dallas, Donna Farhi in Austin, and Francesca Cervero in D.C. Always a student, she continues to study and practice daily.
Valerie has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and looks for ways to incorporate yoga into her work, sharing with patients and coworkers alike. She considers yoga a remarkable tool for strengthening bodies and relationships. She loves to watch others grow, finding strength and balance through yoga.
"Yoga has helped change my life, strengthen my body, and calm my mind. I have a strong desire to share with others the healing benefits of yoga.”
Stephanie was drawn to the practice of yoga in 2012. Experiencing the advantages of mindfulness, breath, and flexibility on the mat, encouraged her to focus on incorporating all aspects of yoga into her daily life and career as a high school teacher. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits motivated Stephanie to share her passion for yoga with others. She became a Yoga Alliance, RYT-200 in March of 2015 through Ally Ford. She is drawn to teaching beginners and enjoys focusing on strength and balance in her daily practice. Stephanie acknowledges that a yoga practice is something that changes and shifts over time to accommodate one’s body and mind. She fosters this awareness in her own practice and nurtures it in the practice of her students. Stephanie is dedicated and always seeking new ways to become a better yoga student and teacher. She has attended workshops with Melanie Fawer, Kino MacGregor, and Doug Swenson.
Roan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who introduces mindfulness
and anxiety-reduction into yoga groups and personal clients. After
living and training in Houston for three years, he has returned to
Shreveport to continue his passion of combining yoga and mental
health. Roan was licensed through YogaFit in 2014, as a
trauma-informed yoga therapist in 2017, and spent years striving to
teach and learn as much as possible.
Using mindfulness, breathing, and yoga as part of counseling those
with anxiety and trauma, Roan works to continue to strengthen modern,
evidence-based, plans for positive changes. Roan has presents
workshops to both yoga instructors and therapists, with a goal of
bringing their worlds closer together.
For referrals, I work well with those who have trauma, anxiety issues,
social anxiety, have back/neck issues (vertebrae fused together), or
clients who may need chair yoga instead.
Claire was born in Shreveport and fitness has been her passion for as long as she can remember. She loves to help students and clients achieve their personal fitness goals through fun, challenging never boring workouts. She has her bachelors degree in psychology and has been teaching classes for 10 years and personal training for 8. IN her spare time she enjoys being with her family, and taking her two beautiful girls on walks to the park.
Born in Japan, Jamie, along with her family, relocated to Illinois early in her life. As her family continued to move for her father’s work, it sparked her innate curiosity about people and life. She was first introduced to yoga and meditation at age 22, when she had an undeniable urge to attend yoga classes while at LSUS. After finishing her degree and starting a family, she continued to make yoga a larger part of her life. Practicing Ashtanga and meditation daily, she began teaching yoga to students of all ages in 2016.
Jamie has made yoga and meditation her life and continues to expand upon that: teaching mindfulness, breathing and meditation to children and teens. She believes sensitivity, intuition, and insight can be found through our connection with the world and our greatest teacher is the one within.
Jamie lives in Shreveport where her son, Sage, attends A C Steere Elementary. She is excited, humbled, and honored by the opportunity to spread her love of yoga and is grateful for all her teachers and students.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Shreveport and have been in practice since 2008. I am also a 200 hour certified RYT. I completed my Ally Ford Training in March 2015. My yoga practice first began April, 11 2011 when Explore Yoga opened its doors. I have been an active yogi ever since. For me yoga is truly about mind, body and spirit. I cherish my time on the mat. It has enhanced my life in many ways, but mainly it has helped to bring a new found passion for living a healthier life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. When I am not practicing yoga, I love to salsa dance and volunteer within the community. I love helping others and feel very fortunate to do so both with yoga and counseling.
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